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NAMIBIA ULTIMATE GROUP SAFARI

10-Day Small Group Safari Exploring the Highlights of Namibia

Experience Namibia’s diversity of vistas, wildlife and activities while traveling with well-known naturalist guides. Stay in the only camp inside the world’s 4th largest national park, climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes, sea kayak with seals and dolphins on the Skeleton Coast, track for desert-adapted elephants, and visit an authentic and remote Himba settlement. Explore Etosha National Park, sleep in the tree tops overlooking one of the most productive waterholes on the Onguma Private Game Reserve, and visit the world renowned Big Cat research centre run by the AfriCat Foundation.

Safari Itinerary

DAY 1 – WINDHOEK/SOSSUSVLEI: You will be met by your private safari guide at approx. 7:30 am (hotel for pre-night booked separately) and head off by road to Sossusvlei. Your journey takes you through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. Arrive at your lodge mid-afternoon. Dinner and overnight Sossus Dune Lodge. (L, D)

Sossus Dune Lodge is built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch. Situated within the Namib Naukluft Park, close to the Sesriem Canyon, and providing sweeping vistas of the dunes to the west, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, or to stay until after sunset. The 23 well-spaced ensuite desert chalets are equipped with tea stations, small fridges, individual gazebos and are interlinked by elevated wooden walkways.

DAY 2 – SOSSUSVLEI: This morning, rise early for a magical excursion in the Namib Naukluft National Park, setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes while the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return in the early afternoon, with the option to visit Sesriem Canyon afterwards, if you haven’t already done so the day before. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Dinner and overnight Sossus Dune Lodge. (B, L, D)

DAYS 3-4 – SWAKOPMUND: You can choose an optional sunrise balloon flight or scenic light aircraft flight over the Namib Naukluft National Park (both at an additional cost). Afterwards, drive northwest through ever changing desert landscapes to meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay. Continue north to Swakopmund, where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location for your next two nights. Return to Walvis Bay the next day for your kayaking adventure, an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. Return to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure, or extra activities. Overnights in a centrally located guesthouse. (B, L, D)

Swakopmund resembles a small, German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea, boasting a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with modern hotels, shops, restaurants, museums, craft centres, galleries and cafés.

DAYS 5-6 – DAMARALAND: The road takes you north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland, which is typified by displays of color, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. On your second day here, explore the Aba Huab and Huab River valleys and search for game, including therare desert adapted elephants, if they are in the area. After lunch, visit the Twyfelfontein prehistoric rock engravings (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. Meals and overnights Camp Kipwe. (B, L, D)

Camp Kipwe lies in the heart of Damaraland, and is nestled amongst an outcrop of giant granite boulders, just a stone’s throw away from the ephemeral Aba Huab riverbed, where desert adapted elephants often traverse. Each thatched bungalow is simply but tastefully furnished with ensuite open-air bathroom. The center of the camp holds the alfresco dining area, bar, lounge and reception with a fireplace nearby to relax beside in the evenings. A refreshing swimming pool and sunset lookout with lovely views also complement the camp.

DAY 7 – SOUTHERN ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK: Set off on your journey to Etosha National Park, visiting a local Himba settlement along the way. Learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation. Afterwards, stop for lunch enroute to your night’s destination to Andersson’s Camp, situated just south of the Etosha National Park’s Andersson Gate. Overnight Andersson’s Camp. (B, L, D)

Andersson’s Camp takes its name from Charles Andersson, the Swedish explorer who first ‘discovered’ the Etosha Pan with Sir Francis Galton in 1851. It is located within the private Ongava Game Reserve, which borders Etosha National Park. Etosha N.P. supports a rich variety of game such as giraffe, lion, rhino and various antelope species. The camp’s redesign was guided primarily by the principles of environmental sustainability – reduce, reuse, recycle. Tents are constructed using a clever mix of calcrete stone cladding, canvas and wood, with double-door entrances and a small verandah that is an extension of the elevated wooden decks on which the tents are raised. The open-air en-suite bathrooms continue the unique design.

DAYS 8-9 – EASTERN ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK: Spend your day game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park. Stop at the southern Andersson’s Gate to Halali for lunch.  Leave the park before sunset to stay at the Onguma Tree Top Camp, with enough time to relax and freshen up before dinner. Enjoy your second full day of  game drives exploring Etosha National Park. Overnights Onguma Tree Top Camp. (B, L, D)

Onguma Tree Top is a unique and beautiful camp, situated on the Onguma Game Reserve It is a small and intimate camp, built on wooden stilts among the tree tops, with full views over one of the most beautiful watering holes on the Reserve. The Camp consists of 4 thatched wooden chalets designed so the canvas sides can be opened to expose breath-taking view and animals any time. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom, as well as a wonderful private outside shower, a private deck in front where guests can relax and enjoy exactly the same views as from the main area’s deck.

DAY 10 – WINDHOEK VIA THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION: After an early breakfast, depart for Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. You will arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the center. Afterwards, continue south to Windhoek, arriving in the late afternoon, where you will be transferred to your hotel (at an additional cost) or the Windhoek International Airport for your onward flights. (transfer to Windhoek International Airport at an additional cost). Departing flight must by no earlier than 9:00 pm.)

OPTIONAL POST-SAFARI EXTENSION
Extend your safari for an additional night or two at Okonjima, staying at the Luxury Bush Camp. This gives you the opportunity to get a more in-depth insight into the work being done by the AfriCat Foundation as well as getting to see more of cheetah, leopard and other big cats in the wild.
Safari Extension Price
One-day: $895 per person – Single Supplement: $369 per single
Two day: $1,519 per person – Single Supplement $462 per single

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Duration
10 days

2017 Departures
Mar 7, 21
Apr 4, 25
May 9, 23, 30
Jun 13, 27
Jul 11, 25
Aug 1, 15, 29
Sep 5, 19
Oct 10, 17, 24
Nov 14
Dec 5, 19

Accommodations
Game lodge, guest house, tented camp

Fitness Rating
Easy

Activities
Game drives, nature walk, elephant tracking, cultural visits, sea kayaking

*Land-Only Price
$

Style:
Value I Deluxe I Luxury

Flight Price
Call for pricing

*$ = >$4,999; $$ = $5,000 – $9,999; $$$ = $10,000+

All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see terms & conditions for details.

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